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Dexter + Chaney Celebrates 30 Years In Business

Construction software developer commemorates milestone with company event at Seattle campus

Dexter + Chaney (, developer of Spectrum® Construction Software, recently marked the 30th anniversary of the company’s founding with a staff party at the Dexter + Chaney campus in Seattle.  Spectrum addresses the accounting, operational, management, and reporting needs of more than 1,000 construction companies throughout the United States.

Partners Mark Dexter and John Chaney started the business in 1981 in the spare bedroom of Dexter’s Seattle apartment.  The duo had worked together as certified public accountants in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) on a huge maritime project involving pricing change orders and mark-ups—a manual process at the time.  They figured there had to be a better method, and decided to apply the emerging technology of electronic spreadsheets to the construction market.

Today, Dexter + Chaney employs more than 80 people who work in two buildings on the company-owned 2.3-acre campus in north Seattle.  While the company has experienced many changes over the past 30 years, its dedication to serving the needs of its customers has remained constant.

“Our founding principles—making Spectrum the last software our clients need to buy, and our commitment to making each client a customer for life—apply today as they did in 1981,” said  Chaney, the company’s president.  “Producing software that our clients never need to re-purchase is a commitment that we’ve upheld for 30 years.  It’s been true for all of our past releases and upgrades, and we will continue to do likewise with future versions of Spectrum and for the life of the product.”

Looking To The Future       

As Dexter + Chaney marks three decades in business, the company is focusing on the upcoming release of Spectrum version 14.

“We’ve taken clients from green screen to DOS to Windows over the last 30 years,” said Chaney. “Version 14 is as big a leap in technology, access and usability as any we made in the past.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that Dexter + Chaney is poised to revolutionize the way construction software serves the industry.

“The development of Spectrum version 14 is rooted in our commitment to our clients,” Chaney continued. “Our development philosophy is simple: listen carefully to customers and then provide what they really need.  That was true 30 years ago and it remains the same today.”

Spectrum’s fully-integrated 28 modules provide a seamless solution that fits the needs of contractors across all construction industries:  general, electrical, mechanical/HVAC, heavy/highway and utility contractors and specialty subcontractors.  Dexter + Chaney leverages the latest technology to continually advance the software, improving functionality and delivering a solution that helps contractors become more efficient and productive.

Youngblood appointed Ground Support Sales Manager for Atlas Copco Northwest U.S.

Ryan Youngblood has been appointed to the position of Ground Support Sales Manager, Northwest, for Atlas Copco CMT USA. In his new role, Youngblood will report directly to Matt Willeford, Manager of Atlas Copco’s Elko, Nev., store.

Youngblood will begin transitioning from his current role as Elko Service Manager within the next month. He joined the Atlas Copco Elko store in June of 2009. Prior to that date he had worked for a competitive ground support supply company. Seven of his 12 years in the industry have involved the sales or installation of ground support products.

“Ryan’s 12-plus years’ experience in the mining industry will help build strong customer relationships and drive additional business throughout the west,” said Willeford. He continued his comments, noting, “This new position will complement our current sales efforts focused on the Elko area. With the increasing number of mines coming on line and support needed to cover this growing market, Ryan’s addition to the sales team will be a key contributor to our continued (ground support) growth.”

Youngblood’s focus will be on Swellex™ and Roofex™ sales and on allied ground support products through an existing network of distributors.

Youngblood will continue to reside in the Elko area.

J&J Machinery becomes new Bobcat Dealer in Notus, Idaho

Bobcat Company expands its dealer network with the addition of J&J Machinery as an authorized sales and service provider for the Bobcat® product line. J&J is located at 466 Elgin Avenue and serves customers throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley area.

In business since 1979, the family owned and operated dealer carries Bobcat® compact tractors, utility vehicles, and all related attachments. “We only sell exceptionally high-quality products, which is why we are excited about carrying Bobcat machines,” said Scott Rowland, owner-operator of J&J Machinery.

J&J’s focus is on the sale, service, and repair of compact tractors from 20- to 120-horsepower, but their specialty is the 20- to 50-horsepower range.

With three full-time mechanics, J&J ensures quick turnaround on service and machine maintenance. “Our motto is excellent service before, during, and after the sale,” said Rowland. In addition, they offer an elaborate full-service workshop facility that allows them to create custom applications specific to their customers’ needs.

J&J also has an extensive parts department with stock parts for tractors that are more than 20 years old.

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Atlas Copco: Valentin Appointed To New Role As Generator Sales Manager – Western US

Eddie Valentin has been appointed Generator Sales Manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, covering the western United States.

Valentin is based out of his Los Angeles home office and is responsible for Atlas Copco QAS portable power generation sales in all states west of the Mississippi River.

Valentin brings a number of years of construction industry experience working for companies that sell and rent compaction, pumps, generators, job-site lighting, and heavy equipment.

West Bay Builders Announces New Board of Directors

West Bay Builders, a general contractor specializing in building and retrofitting projects for the public and private sectors, has established a new board of directors.  Richard (Dick) Farnsworth, a surety business veteran and former senior vice president of surety operations at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and Gary LaBonte, formerly Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) executive manager for development, join West Bay Builders’ management team of Paul Thompson, president, Joseph Haas, vice president, and Vicki Fowler, controller.  Farnsworth and LaBonte’s additions that round out the five-member board dovetail with West Bay Builders’ strategic business direction of expanding its government construction and heavy civil work.

“We have steadily grown and expanded our capabilities in public works and heavy civil.  In addition to several BART contracts, the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, City of Millbrae Waste Water Treatment Expansion and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s San Joaquin Pipeline Crossovers projects, we are prequalified to bid on the first phase of the SMART train,” said Thompson.  “Gary will help guide our pursuit of more transportation – rail, road, bridges and the like – and other heavy civil projects.  Dick will provide unprecedented expertise in surety bonding, which is the linchpin to securing and carrying out government contracts.”

Farnsworth brings more than 40 years of surety bonding experience, including managing all aspects of nationwide surety underwriting and marketing for Fireman’s Fund.  He is a sought-out consultant on underwriting customs and practices in the surety industry, served on the Board of Directors for the Surety Association of America, and was chairman of the National Association of Independent Sureties.  He also sits on the boards of Bay Area infrastructure builder CC Myers, Inc. and leading California marine contractor The Dutra Group.

LaBonte, a civil engineer for 30 years, headed BART’s development efforts, managing its multi-million dollar construction programs consisting of new and renovated stations and rail lines.  Previously, he was director of engineering for American President Lines, LTD, a $2 billion integrated transportation and distribution company.